The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) hosted the 12th CII Food Safety Awards Ceremony to recognise role models and best in class food business operators on food safety excellence and provide a framework for continual improvement.

Ten sectors including the Bakery Products, Catering, Food Ingredients, Processing Aids and others, General Manufacturing, Health Supplements and Nutraceuticals, Joint Application, Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Oils & Fats, Ready To Cook, Snacks & Savouries qualified for the Awards with Outstanding Performance in Food Safety 2021.

Other deserving applicant units nominated by the Jury were also awarded with Certificates of Significant Achievements, Strong Commitment and Letters of Appreciation for their appreciable efforts in food safety.

More than 120 qualified assessors from a pool of 600 plus assessors were involved in assessments for the Awards which conferred virtually this year.

The Award follows a stringent 4 stage evaluation methodology comprising of technical assessment by trained food professionals, calibration by sector specific calibrators and subsequent evaluations by the Awards Committee and a final round of evaluation by a distinguished panel of Jury.

The Award Ceremony was organised virtually on December 22, 2021, wherein Arun Singhal, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), was the chief guest.

Singhal, in his keynote address, said, “The CII Food Safety Award program has helped raise awareness on sustainable success through benchmarks in food safety systems and provide guidance to those seeking to achieve it. Based on a process of feedback and review with stakeholders and in line with the changing market scenario, the assessment models have been duly upgraded to include models on Primary Production of Fruits and Vegetables and E- Commerce. I congratulate all applicants and winners for prioritising food safety and participating in the program.”

Present on the occasion, Piruz Khambatta, CMD, Rasna, mentioned how the Award framework has helped prepare organisations to achieve benchmark attributes through interaction with experts from an external perspective towards setting the highest standards for others to emulate.

Dr Chindi Vasudevappa, chairperson – Jury CII Food Safety Awards and Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship & Management (NIFTEM- under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India), congratulated the winners and stated that the CII Food Safety Award Model is a practical and holistic toolkit which can be used for assessment of organisations on the path to world class food safety and robust change management systems. He emphasised how it helps to identify gaps and stimulate solutions for a roadmap on continual improvement.

The Jury panel included,

Dr. Chindi Vasudevappa
Chair, Jury, CII Award for Food Safety, Vice Chancellor, NIFTEM (under Ministry of Food Processing Industries).

Dr Gyanendra Gongal, regional advisor (food safety), Food and Fit, Healthier Populations and NCD; WHO Regional Office for South East Asia.

Dr Kaushik Banerjee, Chairman India Section AOAC Intl, Principal Scientist-National Research Centre for Grapes.

Dr Nimish Shah, MD, IAPMO India and chairperson, CII Expert Group on Food Safety & Quality and Formerly Unilever & Toilet Board Coalition.

Dr U.K Chatterjee, CEO, TPM Consulting.

Winners : Outstanding Performance on Food Safety 2021

1 Bakery products

ITC Limited, FBD, ICML – Pudukkottai

2 Catering

Jubilant Food Works Ltd.- Domino’s Pizza Light hall, Chandivali

3 Food Ingredients and others

Newly Weds Foods India Pvt. Ltd. Vadodara

4 General Manufacturing

Jubilant Food Works Ltd., Supply Centre, Greater Noida

5 Health Supplements and Nutraceuticals

Abbott Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Bharuch

6 Joint Application with Supplier

ITC Ltd-Spices Business Guntur – Backward Integrated IPM Chilli Farmers, Andhra Pradesh

7 Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, Khordha

8 Oils & Fats

B.L. Agro Industries Limited, Bareilly

9 Ready To Cook

ITC Limited, Food Division, Snacks and Noodles Unit, Haridwar

10 Ready To Cook – Rising Star

ITC Limited, FBD, ICML – Pudukkottai, Snacks & Noodle Category.

11 Snacks & Savouries

PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt.Ltd. – Kolkata Plant